The Unleashing: Call of Crows, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even have seen her die. In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig "Vig" Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life - but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the marines. But Vig can't give up on someone as special as Kera.
With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for LA, survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera's discipline, Vig's loyalty...and the Crows' sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 28 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 31, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #41,164 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#97 in Action & Adventure Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The characters In this series have the dubious honor of being the first cast of characters I’ve ever read where I wished bad juju on them. They were either bland and boring, or described as HORRIBLE people. I can’t cheer for people I’d rather see hit by a truck.
Secondly, it is written from no less than 10 POV! It’s confusing and disjointed and doesn’t allow for the reader to enjoy any one character’s scene before you’re yanked to the next scene, next person.
Next.... the worst world building/explaining ever. Like.... nothing. None at all.
Lastly, I really enjoyed ( please note the extreme sarcasm) how the author explained how people with PTSD are just schizophrenics with brain injuries, and the main heroine doesn’t have PTSD bc she didn’t get her “brain scrambled”. This is not only inaccurate, but incredibly insulting to those who have served or have PTSD.
This book seems like one of those books where you either love it or hate it, based on some of the reviews I've seen. If you couldn't tell by the 5 stars I gave this book, I'm on the side of loving it.
This book is the best kind of chaos. The characters are snarky, and bitchy, and are probably all a little crazy. These are my kind of people, I can relate. I really liked the relationship between the crows and that the book was very female-centric. The characters were diverse and interesting and they had me laughing all the time. This book's tone is very upbeat, so I found myself enjoying it more and more as I read on.
I do have one drawback however. I feel like the different point of views for so many characters became a bit much, not all the characters needed a POV. Setting that point aside, I also feel like I was cheated out of getting more adorable Kera and Vig scenes, where Vig is being the giant teddy bear that he is.
It's hard to say that you'd definitely like this book if you read it, but if you love reading books with fun, crazy, loveable characters then you should definitely check this out, there's a high chance you'd enjoy it.
This cover model is YUMMY! Too bad he's not a character in the book. One thing I do know is this is NOT "Vig". Epic fail to the designer of this cover when it comes to representing the story. I'm not even sure a male should have been used on the cover at all. This book is not the usual Laurenston fare. The romance is barely a secondary plot line. As much as I loved Vig and Kera in their scenes together, they unfortunately were few and far between. We never really got to see the connection between the two grow, it just was. There was humor but not to the extent I had become used to with her books. This story is mainly sisterhood and girl power. I loved Kera, but she was a badass before becoming a Crow so I would have liked seeing her story more balanced with showing more vulnerability with Vig. And just a warning to those of you who are not a fan of violence...these are old school Norse Gods and their chosen....there is extensive and explicit violence. I don't mind it at all but once again, not exactly what I expected going into this book. It took a while to get into the groove with the other sister Crows. For a large portion of the book I found them annoying and was irritated every time we had to deal with Erin's POV. They eventually grew on me and by the end I mostly liked them. Fingers crossed Jace gets her own story in the future because she ended up being my favorite sister Crow. I will admit my absolute favorite character was Brodie Hawaii. Loved loved loved that dog. When she got her vengeance....bliss. I'll definitely pick up the next in the series, but now I'll have a better understanding of what I'm getting and adjust my expectations, because although I did like this book I'm aware that my enjoyment was negatively impacted because it wasn't what I anticipated it would be.
All in all it's a good story, fun and very unique cast, a lot of action, with the old gods thrown in for extra spice! Hopefully, you'll enjoy it too.
Top reviews from other countries
The story starts when former US Marine Kera Watson is attacked behind her miserable coffee shop job. Given a second chance at life by a viking goddess Kera is transformed into a Crow and forced to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew about the world. She is thrown into a world of clans and gods, myths and legends, but at least she still has her pit bull Brodie and the delicious customer from her coffee shop, Vig, who isn’t actually the brain damaged vet she though he was.
It’s laugh out funny in places and the pace of the plot is fast and furious. I love how it deals with sisterhood and family along with all the other crazy stuff.
I’ll definitely be reading the next one.
KERA IS AN EX-MARINE WORKING AT A COFFEE SHOP WHEN SHE IS OUT BACK TAKING THE RUBBISH OUT SHE STEPS IN WHEN SHE IS OUT BACK TAKING THE RUBBISH OUT SHE STEPS IN WHEN A PIMP IS HAVING A FIGHT WITH ONE OF HER CUSTOMERS SHE STEPS IN BETWEEN THE TWO AND GETS HURT AND ANOTHER ONE OF HER CUSTOMERS ASK A GODDESS TO HELP HER BY GIVING HER A SECOND LIFE. KERA BECOMES A CROW A HARBINGER OF DEATH AND SHE HAS A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT HER NEW LIFE SHE ALSO MEET THE ONE WHO ASKED THE GOD TO HELP HER BY GIVING HER A SECOND LIFE AS A CROW HIS NAME IS VIG HE WAS ALSO ONE OF HER CUSTOMERS AT THE CAFE WHO HAS TAKEN A FANCY TO HER. VIG IS A SCARY BAD ASS VIKING RAVEN SERVING THE GOD ODEN BUT FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS HE HAS BEEN GOING TO THE CAFE WHERE KERA WORKS AND CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT HER BUT HE DOES NOT TALK MUCH AND SHE THRUGHT HE WAS A HOMELESS EX SOLDIER WITH PDSD BUT HE JUST DON'T TALK HE MORE MORE THE STRONG SILENT TYPE. KERA IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE CROWS THEY HAVE A LACK OF ORDER AND ROUTINE AND THAT THE CROWS HAVE NO DISCIPLINE LIKE SHE IS USE TO FROM THE MARINES AND SHE DOES NOT LIKE IT THAT THEY HAVE TO KILL WITH OUT KNOWING WHY THEY HAVE KILL THAT PERSON OR PEOPLE THAT ALSO HAVE TO KILL ON COMMAND EVEN THOUGH IN THE MARINES SHE HAD TO KILL SHE KNEW WHY THEY WAS A REASON AND AND ORDER OF COMMAND UN LIKE IN THE CROWS. THE OTHER CLANS LOOK DOWN ON THE CROW BECAUSE THEY KILL FOR THE FUN OF IT WITH OUT ORDER. KERA HAS NOT GOT HER WINGS YET UNTIL SHE HAS SHE CAN'T GO ON ASSIGNMENT AND SHE HAS A THING WITH CLIP BOARD THAT GET ON HER FELLOW CROWS NERVES AND DON'T LIKE HER TRYING TO ORGANISE THEM. SHE ALSO MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DO THE KILLING BECAUSE SHE STILL HAS A CONSCIENCE AND ALTHOUGH SHE HAS A SECOND LIFE THAT SHE DOES NOT FIT IN WITH THE CROWS. THIS BOOK HAS ACTION, ROMANCE, HUMOUR KERA GETS ON BETTER WITH VIG AND THE RAVENS THAN SHE DOES WITH THE CROWS. THIS IS A VER GOOD BOOK TO READ AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND OTHERS TO READ IT. IT WAS AN ENJOYABLE READ AND ENTERTAINING AND A PAGE TURNER THAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES IN THE FUTURE.
Then the prices of these ebooks? Absolutely shocking!! Considering that this book was mostly certainly not worth what I paid! I'm truly disappointed by the author, I expected more and it wasn't delivered. Just have to stick with her Dragon Kin stories.
The main character Kera Watson (ex-marine), 'never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop, not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East'. After a fatal stabbing she is turned in to a "Crow" to serve uncountable years to the All father Odin. Kera's totally confused when thrown in at the deep end in a 'sink or swim new second chance at life' working for the Viking gods.
All I can say is, normally when you read a book about someone being confused you 'read and understand their confusion'. What doesn't happen is, that you spend two thirds of the story being totally confused as well. I actually had to double check that this was a Shelly Laurenston novel I was reading because that's really nothing like her standard quality writing, and believe me I've bought all her other books inc her brilliantly written 'dragon kin' series under the sudo name of GA Aitken.
Thankfully it felt as though Shelly Laurenston 'switched herself back on' in the last third of the book and, I was able to finish it without the feeling that I'd been 'cheated' (as you do) when reading a book and thinking 'this is soooo 'ghost written'. If it wasn't for the fact it improved immensely at the end I would have only given it one star. I'm not going to give up the hope in thinking that, the next book will be better, if not, then this will be a very short series for me.
The Unleashing feels like the same world but a different series (or a restarting of the series) which is cool, authors do it all the time and its not my series so who am I to comment? I'm going to anyway! The thing is, with her books is that all her characters have strong bonds family or friend and now its all about a woman who isn't trying to be a part of the clan she has been given and a guy who I feel like is only staying with his out of a sense of duty! I'm determined to finish it in hopes that I will love it eventually and in prep for anymore of the series. ( Hunting Season is my all time favourite of her books, which is probably why I'm struggling)
For those of you with this book as your first intro to Laurenston/ Aiken and didn't love it, try Hunting Season or the Dragon Kin, They don't disappoint :) Happy reading!